Reports


CIR reports provide insight into the emerging opportunities in short-reach optical communications. Covering products, pricing, standards, new technologies and more, our reports are intended as an essential guide to input into marketing and business strategies.

CIR-QESM-TB-0417

May 30, 2017

Quantum Encryption Systems Markets:  A Technology and Business Opportunity Forecast – 2017 to 2026

Quantum encryption (aka quantum key distribution, QKD) is the first encryption process that is essentially unbreakable; a very strong use case in these days of ubiquitous hacking.  Also driving the market for quantum encryption is the fact that its addressable market is expanding from specialized projects sponsored by governments and giant financial institutions to large data centers, of which there are a large and growing number.

Although systems for have been deployed by governments and financial institutions for at about 15 years, CIR now sees prospects for their much wider use and we also note that a select group of venture capitalists are stepping up to the plate to fund new firms in this area.  This report identifies the business opportunities that are emerging in this new market environment for QKD. 

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CIR-OP-AOC-CEPVA-0317

Apr 07, 2017

OPTICAL INTERCONNECTS AND AOCS FOR CONSUMER ELECTRONICS AND PROFESSIONAL VIDEO APPLICATIONS: A MARKET ANALYSIS

This report provides a ten-year roadmap and competitive analysis of the emerging market for optical connectivity products for consumer electronics applications and closely related video applications.

Until recently optical communications in the home was limited to niches for audiophiles and videophiles.  However, new applications such as virtual reality and home networking are creating high volume opportunities for both established fiber optics companies and startups.  Meanwhile, these opportunities are expanding to include professional video and A/V applications.  Topics covered in this report include:

  • Why optics is needed in the consumer electronics market and how it will replace copper
  • Applications driving the use of optical connectivity in the home (gaming, virtual reality, home networking, Internet-of-Things, home theater, video extension, home video editing, and lighting)
  • The role for optical interconnects and AOCs in professional video editing, broadcasting, A/V applications and the movie industry
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CIR-OI-CBEB-2017

Jan 05, 2017

OPPORTUNITIES IN BOARD-LEVEL OPTICAL INTERCONNECTS: OPTICS-ENABLED CIRCUIT BOARDS, OPTICAL ENGINES, AND OPTICAL BACKPLANES

The deluge of data from streaming UHDTV video, the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and especially cloud services has finally created a need for circuit board-level optical interconnects as well as for optical backplanes. In the future, CIR believes that other novel services – such as those related to virtual reality and telepresence – will put even more pressure on data communications and telecommunications box makers to extend the use optics in the “guts” of their products.

This report is designed to identify new opportunities for board-level optical interconnects and optical circuit boards.  This is an area where CIR has provided coverage for many years and the forecasts and other data provided in this report are rooted in an insider experience of this interesting area. Thus, this report contains a technical analysis of the requirements of this space (issues such as power consumption, etc.) and a detailed ten-year (volume and value) forecast with breakouts by type of box (HPC, servers, routers, switches, telecom equipment, etc.), components, fiber, etc. The report also offers an assessment of the product/market strategies of key optical firms active in this area.

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CIR-AOC-2017

Dec 05, 2016

Markets for Active Optical Cables: 2017-2026

This report provides a ten-year forecast/competitive analysis of the AOC market, which CIR has been covering for a decade. New in this report, is discussion of changes occurring as western AOC suppliers merge and Chinese suppliers emerge.  Also forecasts of AOC markets in personal computing and consumer electronics resulting from the recent Thunderbolt improvements. Applications covered by the report comprise:

  • Data centers (rack-to-rack, inter-router links, switch-to-router links, HPC applications, etc.)
  • Digital signage (connections to content sources and control centers)
  • Consumer electronics/personal computing (display extenders, personal video editing, gaming consoles etc.)
  • Military and secure networks
  • Campus networks
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